Present Voices – Future Lives: Travelling exhibition venues announced

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Present Voices – Future Lives

A new travelling exhibition invites people from around Scotland to contribute their views on housing for today, tomorrow and beyond.

A new travelling exhibition and engagement will reach 12 locations across Scotland to hear directly from local communities on what they think our homes and communities should look and feel in the future.

The Present Voices – Future Lives exhibition, commissioned by the Scottish Government with the support of Architecture and Design Scotland, will kick off in Inverness on 4 November, before touring across the country over two months.

Range of Voices

The interactive exhibition – curated and designed by Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), award-winning Scottish architects Collective Architecture and Peak15 Design, together with Chris Leslie and Sandy Halliday, the exhibition is accessible to people of all ages and will predominantly be on show in local schools and community buildings. Accompanying the exhibition are facilitated workshop sessions, designed to hear from a range of voices.

The Scottish Government has committed to plan together with stakeholders on how our homes should look and feel by 2040 and the options and choices to get there. The exhibition aims to support the Scottish Government’s wider engagement on the Housing to 2040 vision and route map. The views collected through the consultation and the travelling exhibition will help to inform the Scottish Government’s final vision and route map for housing over the next 20 years, which it is aiming to publish in spring 2020.

 Aspirations for Scotland

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said:

“Housing has a vital role to play in meeting many of our aspirations for Scotland, including eradicating child poverty and homelessness, ending fuel poverty and tackling the climate emergency.

“Now is the time for us to come together to shape a resilient housing system which works for us all, and addresses these challenges. To do that, we need to work with and listen to people from all areas of Scotland.

“This exhibition is an opportunity to get the views of school children and local communities across the country on the future of housing. I look forward to hearing directly from people about what’s important for them and future generations, so that we can create a shared vision and a plan for 2040 that will stand the test of time.”


Touring Venues and Schedule

Date Location Venue Opening times
4 November Inverness Inverness Royal Academy 18:00-20:00
6 November Ullapool Ullapool High School 18:00-20:00
13 November Kirkwall Orkney Kirkwall & St. Ola Town Hall 18:00-20:00
20 November Fort William The Nevis Centre 14:30-16:30


22 November Dundee Baxter Park Pavilion 18:00-20:00
25 November Peterhead Peterhead Academy 18:00-20:00
28 November Irvine Irvine Royal Academy 18:00-20:00
29 November Glasgow St. Francis Community Hall 18:00-20:00
3 December Portree Portree High School 18:00-20:00
5 December Rothesay Rothesay Joint Campus 18:00-20:00
11-12 December Edinburgh Castlebrae Community High School 18:00-20:00
16 December Galashiels Galashiels Academy 18:00-20:00


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For further information please contact: Anja Ekelof, Communications Manager, Architecture and Design Scotland

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